Originally Posted by nicanica123
So I asked about becoming a deckhand
on another thread. A more specific question that I have at this point is, can you make any money
on a private yacht? I don't want to make a killing... just something to get by with. I have an income
source on the mainland if I ever need some real money
I really don't want to work for a huge vessel either. Some people recommended that I work on a cruise ship
but that definitely doesn't sound way appealing. Could I find a job after getting experience working with a private yacht? Where would I want to live to get the experience and possible job? Some of my goal; see as much of the world as possible, learn to SCUBA
dive, walk on every continent, and learn a couple of languages.
I know that it would take a lot of hard work but I'm willing to put it in. Let me know if you have questions about my question or advice. Thanks
I have a friend who is a super yacht crew agent. Yes the pay is good, especially motor
yachts over 40m. Yes it's a 24/7/365 job when the owner is on board. But it's much easier when the boat is just repositioning or sitting in a marina. ( you may not be part of a permanent crew though)
It you want to be a deckhand
you need RYA Yachtmaster
and STCW95. Yes it can be a zero error career, though not usually at levels under captain
. PADI qualifications are useful , as are dinghy
sailing instructor qualifications ( as well as licensed helicopter pilot btw)
Qualified engineers, good chiefs and hospitality trained Stewart's will earn very very good incomes.
It's a job for a young single
Yes huge amounts of it are just cleaning
things , but hey it's the south of France
, the women are beautiful, the money's good , you won't more ,..
There is now a good career path up from deckhand into mate and ultimately captain
, the industry is very short of crew at the moment so its s good time.
You need to look presentable ( or just stunning) in shorts and a tee shirt. If you speak a couple of languages that helps to. Godd education, manners etc. skid row don't apply .
Typical a certified deckhand pay is around 50-70k all found often tax free on the bigger mobos, sailing boats pay a good bit less.
You need to be comfortable as a servant ( or just think of the money/girls)